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Exploration Database

The Exploration Database is a collection of free geoscience exploration data and reports, collected by permit holders and the government.

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The data includes:

  • 2D and 3D seismic data
  • well data
  • geochemistry
  • airborne and ground-based geophysics
  • a catalogue of core photos and samples from the Core Store.

Registered users can download most of this content free of charge, however files greater than ten gigabytes will require an offline data order. Larger orders requiring a portable hard drive will incur a cost of $250 (including postage and tax) per hard drive.

Please note that NZP&M use a third party transcription service where data needs to be extracted from our archive tapes. Acquiring data through this service has an associated tape transcription and media cost. In this case a quote will be provided for confirmation before proceeding with your order. All orders are placed through the OED.

Note: We suggest you use Firefox if you need to log in and download any data as IE11 is no longer supported, and functionality is limited with Safari, Edge and Chrome.

We are currently building a new data catalogue that will support modern browsers and hope to release this late 2022.

Quick start guide: Online Exploration Database [PDF 2.2MB]

Database highlights

The Exploration Database includes a number of key datasets including:




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